MUPPETS ‘GRASSED UP

They star in videogame as 'sword wielding rebels' and team up with Muppets/Flat Eric makers Jim Henson's Creature Shop...

Supergrass singer Gaz Coombes and bassist Mickey Quinn took time out from recording the new album to become immortalised as computer game characters in a new fantasy game called Sliver. The two have provided voices for characters described as ‘comical sword-wielding rebels’ called Ben and John.

Mickey Quinn said: “It’s not every day you get asked to join a group of rebels to take on the forces of evil.

“We did it because we thought it would be funny. It was a good temporary distraction from the album.”

Sliver was released last week (March 26) through Infogames.

As previously announced on nme.com, they release a new single, ‘Pumping On Your Stereo’, on May 24 through Parlophone.

‘Pumping On Your Stereo’, a self-produced rocker said to be reminiscent of ‘Rebel Rebel’-era Bowie, is taken from the band’s as-yet-untitled third album, which is currently being finished at Sawmills Studio in Cornwall.

The single, their first since ‘Late In The Day’ from 1997’s ‘In It For The Money’ album, features the lyrics: “Your love is like Mogadon” and “The wider the eyes, the bigger the lies”. The video will feature monsters from the Jim Henson Creature Shop, creators of The Muppets and makers of Flat Eric.

The song is backed over the various formats by four brand-new tracks: ‘Sick’, ‘You’ll Never Walk Again’, ‘Lucky (No Fear)’ and ‘What A Shame’.

Supergrass will release another single – possibly called ‘Moving’ – in the summer, along with the album, which features ‘Out Of The Blue’, played at last year’s Reading Festival, and a song called ‘Jesus Came From Outer Space’.

They play three dates at Leeds Town & Country Club (May 11) Glasgow Barrowlands (12) London Shepherd’s Bush Empire (13)

Tickets for the tour went on sale today (7 April).

Tickets are available from the nme.com 24-hour ticketline 0870 121 0125.